Eight to Tackle Shared Belief in CT Classic

Eight foes will line up to take a shot at Shared Belief, arguably the top older horse in North America, in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

The Classic, a 1 1/8-mile event for 4-year-olds and up around three turns on the three-quarter-mile track at Charles Town, is the 12th race on a 13-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m. EDT and includes six other stakes, an overnight handicap, and a lucrative starter allowance event. Post time for the Classic is set for 6:05 p.m.

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Cross the Line Ships East for Illinois Derby

After winning a stakes race on a synthetic surface at Golden Gate Fields this season, Cross the Line will try to secure his first graded stakes win when he faces an expected eight other 3-year-olds in the Illinois Derby (gr. III) Saturday, April 15 at Hawthorne Race Course.

Owned by a partnership that includes trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Cross the Line won the California Derby Jan. 17 at Golden Gate before finishing second there in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III). In his first career start on dirt, while also facing a step up in class, the Line of David   colt finished fifth in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4 at Santa Anita Park.

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Oaklawn Ends With Handle Gains, Purse Records

Oaklawn Park | BloodHorse.com Track Profile”>Oaklawn Park‘s 2015 live meet ended April 11 with increases in total handle and average daily handle as well as record-setting purses.
With business good across the board—on-track, off-track, Oaklawn Anywhere (ADW), Instant Racing and gaming—Oaklawn was able to increase purses three times during the 52-day season. Total purses were a record $24.2 million, an average of $465,000 per day, marking a 13% increase over 2014 and a 70% increase over just 10 years ago.
Despite losing seven days to weather, total handle was up 3% from last year at $174,201,721. Average daily off-track handle also showed a 3% increase at $2,669,924 while average daily total handle was $3,350,033, up 1%, from $3,318,589.

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Shared Belief Has Final Work for CT Classic

Shared Belief, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, turned in his final workout April 14 in preparation for the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which will mark the 4-year-old gelding’s first start outside of California.

Shared Belief, owned by Jungle Racing, KMN Racing, Joshua Litt, Alex Solis II, George Todaro, and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, recorded four furlongs in :51 4/5 on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields, where he is based. Jockey Russell Baze was aboard.

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Lady Eli Cruises to Appalachian Victory

Sheep Pond Partners’ undefeated filly Lady Eli looked more than fresh off a five-month layoff with an easy victory in the Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 12 at Keeneland (VIDEO).

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner, the daughter of Divine Park   left the gate at 2-5 odds and tracked early leader Sunset Glowthe same filly who led in the Juvenile Fillies Turfbefore taking over in the stretch and cruising to a 2 1/2-length victory under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. in her 3-year-old debut for trainer Chad Brown.

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Jack Milton Goes Last to First in Maker’s 46

Gary Barber’s Jack Milton went from last to first to claim his first grade I score in the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT), tracking down longshot Aripeka in the lane April 10 at Keeneland (VIDEO).

Off at 9-2 odds, the 5-year-old son of War Front   sat last in the seven-horse field, 4 1/2 lengths behind early leader Long On Value after an opening quarter-mile in :23.89 and 5 1/2 back after a half in :47.42. He moved up to sixth when Long On Value covered six furlongs in 1:12, then went seven wide in the final turn to rally for a 2 1/4-length victory.

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Untapable Coasts Clear in Apple Blossom Win

Champion Untapable moved to take charge at the top of the stretch after rating in fourth early and drew clear to win $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 10 at Oaklawn Park (VIDEO).
Rebounding from her half-length loss in her 2015 debut to Gold Medal Dancer in the March 14 Azeri Stakes (gr. II), the 4-year-old daughter leading sire Tapit   won by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths from fast-closing 51-1 shot Diva’s Diamond. The runner-up was no threat to the winner but denied Gold Medal Dancer, the 4-1 second choice, by a neck for second.

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Shared Belief, Able Friend Top World Rankings

After continuing to impress in March, Able Friend joins Shared Belief atop the second edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015 released April 9.

Two-time classic winner and this year’s Dubai World Cup runner-up California Chrome is tied for sixth in the rankings.

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Tapiture Looks to Bounce Back in Oaklawn H.

Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Tapiture will look to rebound in the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, April 11 at Oaklawn Park.

Coming off a successful 3-year-old campaign where he won three of eight starts, including a victory in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) and a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), Tapiture was a disappointing fifth in his 2015 return to the races in the Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 14 at Oaklawn.

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Total, Average Handle Increase at Turfway

Turfway Park recorded increases in all-sources and average daily pari-mutuel handle during its recently concluded 2015 winter/spring meet.

According to statistics provided by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, total handle on live races for 37 racing programs was $63,463,760. That’s an increase of 34.2% from $47,276,928 for a 30-day meet in 2014.

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